Here is a vintage 1966 Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 189976, is in 100% all original condition and includes the original tremolo arm. Originally more expensive than itâs more popular Telecaster and Stratocaster counterparts, it has since deserved a very unique vintage utilitarian appreciation as it is a a highly functional guitar, in addition to, featuring an undeniably classic aesthetic with such a distinct and marvelous pickup design, which was later re-appropriated by Leo Fender himself while innovating at Music Man and G&L. This particular transitional example features mostly pre-CBS production techniques and materials, while combining them with several distinctly CBS-era appointments. So for those who appreciate the late-’60s look, but prefer the earlier-’60s quality, this is the perfect Jazzmaster for you.
Serial Number: 189976 (F plate)
Neck Date Stamp: 13 OCT 66 B
Pot Date Codes: 137 6636, 304 6451 (CTS & Stackpole)
Pickup Dates: 11-1-66
Weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz.
This ’66 Jazzmaster features: a gorgeous nitrocellulose 3-tone sunburst finish with a large attractive red band over a light-weight alder body, a maple neck with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, a transitional logo decal, an attractive tortoise pattern pickguard, original double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, robust gray-bobbin large P-90-style single-coil pickups, the floating tremolo system with the original arm, white plastic knobs with silver inserts, complete cloth-wiring, and all original hardware.
As previously mentioned, this guitar is in 100% all original condition. It was purchased from the original owner’s family, and appears to have never been used. The overall appearance of the guitar is extremely fine aside from one poorly re-painted ding on the front, directly below the tremolo plate. If it weren’t for this single cosmetic issue, the guitar would easily be regarded as mint condition. Aside from the aforementioned cosmetic issue, the guitar is in otherwise excellent condition. The original pickguard is beautiful with only minor shrinkage but void of any cracks or chips. The pickup covers too, are not cracked and in excellent structural shape. The finish has not faded in the slightest, and the coloration is particularly beautiful.
Most importantly, the guitar plays unbelievably well, feels fantastic, and sounds incredible. The original frets are still entirely intact with only the slightest bit of playing wear on the first couple frets. The neck finish hasn’t been visibly worn anywhere in any playing position. All 6 tuning machines work perfectly without hesitation or slipping. Surprisingly, the guitar does not exhibit the usual weather-checking on the body, which enhances the appearance of the condition. Though the headstock does have subtle checking. All of the electronics work perfectly and sound amazing. The large single-coil Jazzmaster pickups offer a very unique Fender sound, only achievable with a Jazzmaster. With rich warm robust bite, the growl of this Jazzmaster makes the tone from a Jaguar or Strat sound like a whimper.